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In 1966, Alan Iglitzin and other members of the Philadelphia String Quartet moved to Seattle to become the University of Washington’s Quartet-in-Residence, a position it held until 1982. During its 30-year tenure, the Quartet performed throughout the world and recorded extensively.

In 1984, Alan Iglitzin fulfilled a lifelong dream by founding the Olympic Music Festival on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. While he originally intended the Festival to be a summer retreat for the Philadelphia String Quartet, Alan soon discovered that Northwest audiences were immediately drawn to the idea of experiencing music in such an idyllic setting.

Since its opening season, the Festival has grown from three weekends to eleven. Today, thousands of people attend performances every summer, many coming from as close as Seattle and as far as Asia and Europe. During the summer, Festival performances are re-broadcast by Classical KING-FM.

In 1998, Governor Gary Locke recognized Alan’s contribution to cultural life in the Northwest by awarding him the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award. Alan previously received the award in 1973 as a member of the Philadelphia String Quartet.

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